Breed of the Month - September 2014 - Samoyed
Congratulations to Michele Schmitt !!

(This section used with permission from Authors Jim Cheskawich and Celinda  Cheskawich)

The Beginning  

The Samoyed is considered one of the oldest and most beautiful breeds in existence! Despite its attractive appearance and look of elegance (with its tail carried over the back), the Samoyed is a very hardy breed. Originally from the north of Russia and Siberia, the Samoyed pulled sledges and herded reindeer for the Samoyed tribes, those responsible for the breed’s formation. Although not known for its hunting skill, by working in a pack, the Samoyed could frighten and contain even the great polar bear! 

In addition, because of his double coat, the Samoyed was probably used from early times to warm his master and family in cold weather. Man harnessed the Samoyed’s enthusiasm, adaptability for work in harsh climates, intelligence, and ability to understand him and made the Samoyed into a working partner. In return, the Samoyed received food, friendship, and was welcomed into the caves or tents at night as an ally. From its beginnings thousands of years ago, the Samoyed has a long and historically significant association with man. 

Over time, pure white, cream, all biscuit, or white and biscuit became the acceptable coat colors. (See the Official Standard for the Samoyed in The Complete Dog Book of the American Kennel Club as referenced at the end of this article.) The early Samoyeds contained black as well as brown dogs. Although many of today’s Samoyeds are groomed to perfection, particularly the Samoyeds exhibited in the conformation show ring, it may be hard to believe that the early Samoyed dogs were probably heavily matted in sections, although the sun served as a bleaching agent. 

The Polar Expeditions and Royal Connections  

The polar expeditions demonstrated the versatility and true working nature of the Samoyed and the contributions made by the Samoyeds are unmatched in the canine world. Samoyeds featured prominently in the Arctic and Antarctic polar expeditions of Abruzzi, Amundson, Jackson-Harmsworth, Nansen, and Shackelton between 1870 and 1912. Dogs were procured from Siberia for the expeditions and were called “Samoyeds” as they came from the land where the Samoyede tribe lived. With the passing of time, the “e” was dropped from “Samoyede.”

The draft animals proved more capable than ponies, horses, oxen, or mules in the Arctic and Antarctic and, on a per weight basis, did not consume as much food and could travel longer distances before tiring. Because of its adaptability to cold temperatures, a cousin of the Samoyed, the Laika dog, was the first canine used in outer space; this occurred when the Russians launched a Sputnik satellite on November 3, 1957 with a Laika dog aboard as the lone passenger. A beautiful breed, the Samoyed appeared in the courts of Czar Alexander III of Russia and Queen Alexandra of England over a century ago. The first Samoyed registered with The American Kennel Club in the United States, Russian Champion Moustan of Argenteau, came from St. Petersburg, Russia from Grand Duke Nicholas, a brother of the Czar. Survivors and descendants of the polar expedition sledge teams were bred in England for their beauty as well as their working attributes. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest  Kilburn-Scott were very instrumental in establishing the breed in England with their selective breeding of Samoyeds. It was around this time, that black and brown were eliminated from breeding pools although pictures remain of Peter the Great and his offspring (some were black) who competed successfully in the conformation ring in England. Almost all Samoyeds living today in the United States can be traced back to 12 key dogs that were used in early breeding programs in England. One of the truly great sires in the breed was English Champion Kara Sea, who figured prominently in many breeding programs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Samoyed is a magical ancient breed with great determination to be the center of your home.  They adore people and dislike being left alone.   Many times I am asked about keeping the coat clean, it is much easier than you think once they are dry the coat will sparkle again with some proper brushing.   Samoyeds need regular grooming to keep their skin and coat in great condition and it is a great time to bond with your dogs.   Samoyed fur is saved and used for spinning into wool for garments, it is beautiful and warm.  

A Samoyed Hero - Rex of White Way- credits to Jim Cheskawich and Celinda-Carlisle Cheskawich. A glorious history and hero of his time- Rex of White Way at lead

Samoyed Hero Spotlighted is  Rex of White Way,  recently learned he and one of a few dogs selected  as a foundation dog  for the Samoyed Club of America’s illustrated standard.

I would like to thank Jim and Celinda Cheskawich for their contribution about our Samoyed History as well as their dedication to Rex of White Way, The Blizzard King.

Michele Schmitt

 Samoyeds contribute to the WWII
with permission Jim Cheskawich


What to do with dog hair, a dog hair coat!!!!

Samoyed smiles, a pack that gets along, and kids.
What every Samoyed dreams of!

This is the third version of the now classic scene of Mrs. Mason's kids taking over the dining room at the Hotel Senator. You can imagine that Eng. Ch. White Way of Kobe wants his English Pudding for Christmas. I like this picture with the kids and Sams the best! The HD Canon Powershot S100 camera takes pretty good pictures from a 75 year old black and white print.





My first Samoyed was a female named KeeSha in 1995, and she totally raptured me with her beauty and personality.   There was nothing KeeSha would not do for me but was always her way!!!  She drew me into seeking knowledge and joining several kennel clubs’s to learn more about Dog shows and dogs. I loved the people, learning new things, and competitions. We learned obedience, showing, skijoring, scootering, herding sheep, and pack hikes. You never stop learning as long as there are dogs!

I could not stop with one dog and soon got my first show dog INTL/AKC Ch. Frostyacre’s Tip of the Iceberg aka Mr. Freeze, we bonded at first site ! The breed hails from the Taiga also known as boreal or snow forest, it is an endangered section of our planet and conservation is needed. Mr. Freeze was bred to a female and I got a female back for the breeding. This was my first female showdog. Intl CH. Taiga Run’s Splendor in the Grass. Aka Natalie.


Natalie as a puppy.

Mr. Freeze First Win

Natalie loves being a show gal too!

Mr. Freeze Wins Again !! 


Puppies . . Puppies . . Puppies

Samoyed puppies are great dogs for the family. Plus, they are easy to take care. Usually, Samoyed puppies are gentle and easy-going. They are excellent dogs for first-time dog owners. The only thing that Samoyed puppies require the most is regular grooming. Samoyeds thrive on human companionship, and they need a lot of love and affection.

They are also very intelligent, and are able to notice human emotions. A fenced-in yard is recommended, as these dogs need room to run and play. If you do not have a fenced-in yard, long daily walks are required.



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